Red-tipped Newsprint Nails

I usually don’t like to wear red, white, and black- reminds me of that little jingle in elementary school:  Red, white, and blue make a monkey out of you.  Red, white, and black make the bogeyman attack.  And then there’s this little play-on-words riddle:  What’s black, white, and red (read) all over?  A newspaper.

I was inspired to try newsprint nails after seeing a few photos online, and wanting to tip them with a bold color,  found myself reaching for a bold red.   The only newspaper I had on hand was in Chinese- maybe not such a bad thing, because the one thing I don’t like about newsprint manis is that the print is always backwards.  With Chinese, it’s harder for me to tell, probably because I can’t read it very well… :X   Anyway, here are my results. 

I used 3 thin coats of OPI Alpine Snow for a base color.  When dry, I put a couple drops of alcohol-based facial toner on my nail (I didn’t have rubbing alcohol on hand) and pressed nail-sized pieces of newsprint on top.  It looked a little faint, so I then cut out a few bolder headlines and pressed those on top.  It kind of goes without saying, but the firmer you press, the more ink transfer you will have.  I then tipped my nails with OPI Conquistadorable Color and finished with a coat of OPI Top Coat.

I wonder how comics or colored font would work?  Maybe I will have to experiment with that next time.


July 29, 2011. Tags: , , , , , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Zoya Rica

I tried one of my polishes from the Zoya Sunshine collection- they looked so cheerful and summery in the bottle, I just couldn’t resist.  I chose Rica.  No problems with application, but due to the sheerness I could still see a slight gradation in color due to my stained nails.  :X  This is three thin coats.

I only picked up four out of the six colors from the Sunshine collection.  Here they are with a couple older ones that also look like they could be part of the Sunshine family.

L-R Row 1: Reva, Kimmy, Rica, Faye. Row 2: Alegra, Gilda

July 29, 2011. Tags: , , , , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

MAC Quite Cute: Ice Cream Cake and Little Girl Type

Just got these two a couple weeks ago.  I know a lot of people have application issues with MAC polishes, but both Ice Cream Cake and Little Girl Type went on fine for me, opaque in 2 and 3 thin coats respectively.  I really wanted Mischievous Mint as well, but missed out. 😦

Here’s Ice Cream Cake, albeit a bit blurry, with Konad hearts stamped across the tip (using Konad’s white polish). 

Here’s Little Girl Type. 

I guess these two aren’t the most original colors ever made, but I don’t have any real dupes for either in my collection, so I’m pleased with both colors.  Definitely keepers! 🙂

July 23, 2011. Tags: , , , , , . Uncategorized. 1 comment.